Kunal Nayyar's Wedding: When The TV Star Fell For A Svelte Beauty

Kunal Nayyar is best known for his comical yet admirable character of Rajesh Ramayan “Raj” Koothrappali in the popular TV show The Big Bang Theory. The British-Indian developed keen interest towards acting when he visited the US to study. Although he started out as a theatre artist, he eventually moved on to become a television actor and in more recent times made a foray into movies as well. Kunal tied the knot with Femina Miss India 2006, Neha Kapur, in New Delhi in 2011. While Kunal was love-struck when he first saw Neha, she was initially not too sure about being with Kunal for the rest of her life. But love won. The couple eventually had a grand traditional Indian wedding spread across six days with over 1000 guests. We take a closer look at their courtship, and Neha Kapur and Kunal Nayyar’s wedding, a grand Indian bonanza.

Kunal Nayyar – The Actor

Kunal Nayyar's Wedding - Rajesh Ramayan "Raj" Koothrappali

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Kunal was born in London on 30th April, 1981, in a Punjabi family. He later moved to New Delhi where he had most of his upbringing. At age of 19, Kunal moved to the US to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with Finance as his specialisation. Alongside his studies, Kunal decided to take some acting classes as a hobby. Over a period of time, he developed keen interest in performing arts and eventually decided to make a career out of it. He went on to have a degree in acting and started his career by working on stage and for television commercials. He received major recognition when he worked in the popular American TV show The Big Bang Theory, which premièred in the year 2007. Since then, Kunal has worked on other TV shows, movies, and in September 2015 he published his autobiography, Yes, My Accent Is Real, describing his career journey.

But enough about that, let’s get to Neha Kapur and Kunal Nayyar’s wedding.

‘Wow.. She’s Hot!’

Kunal Nayyar's Wedding - Neha And Kunal Share A Pic On Insta

Kunal was visiting New Delhi somewhere in 2009, since most of his family resides in India. One fine day, he was at a pub when he was introduced by his friend to a tall girl named Neha Kapur. In an interview, Kunal shared that the first thought that struck his mind after seeing Neha was that she was incredibly attractive. He requested her to sit with him and the two started chatting with each other. Neha is said to have had no initial interest in this NRI actor, and she found it too ‘artsy’ that he was wearing a cap inside a pub.

“Wow, she’s hot… And then, she was so tall… She was 6ft 5in because she had seven-inch heels. She’s 5ft 10in and I’m 5ft 8in…
– Kunal Nayyar when he first saw Neha Kapur ”

“I couldn’t even see… he was wearing a cap.”
– Neha Kapur on when she first met Kunal Nayyar

The two struck a friendship right away. While Kunal was stumped by Neha’s good looks, Neha just found Kunal’s company enjoyable, but nothing more than that. It was through the course of their conversations at that pub that they came to know more about each other’s background. Their first meeting lasted for three hours, and Kunal was to stay in New Delhi for just ten more days. He requested Neha to meet him every day and she obliged. And so began a gentle inching towards Neha Kapur and Kunal Nayyar’s wedding and happy marriage. Well’ it was too soon to say, but..

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“I knew… that I’d never met anyone like this before. There was this comfort I’d never felt, I’d never met anyone that I’d loved more than myself.”
– Kunal about the moment he realised that he had fallen in love with Neha

Kunal Nayyar's Wedding - Kunal And Neha At The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

When the couple met on their final date, Kunal shared with Neha that he will be off to the US, and won’t be back for months. He said that they have to decide everything in three weeks, and told her to visit him three weeks later in the US. By the end of the 10-day courtship, even Neha had developed a certain liking to Kunal and she agreed to visit him in the US. That visit sealed their bond, and the two stayed in a firm relationship for the next three years. Eventually, the two realised that the best way to honour their affiliation was to tie the nuptial knot.

Neha and Kunal shared their intentions of getting married to their respective family members. Since both were from New Delhi, it did not take much time for their family members to give their permission to their relationship. The two decided to get married in December 2011 in a traditional Indian wedding full with dhol, thumkas, and elaborate wedding ceremonies. And so Neha Kapur and Kunal Nayyar’s wedding commenced.

Neha Kapur And Kunal Nayyar’s Wedding, A Grand Desi Affair

Kunal Nayyar's Wedding - Kunal And Neha's Official Wedding Pic

Neha Kapur and Kunal Nayyar’s wedding location was set for New Delhi, in December 2011. The plan was a six-day marriage fest that was no different from a carnival. The couple had more than 1000 guests in attendance for their wedding.

Kunal Nayyar's Wedding - Neha Shows Off Her Mehndi With Kunal In Sunnies

The couple kicked-off the wedding festivity with an outdoor mehndi ceremony, where Neha was seen draped in lovely orange lehenga, and sported the dulha-dulhan mehndi design on her hands. There was also a brief floral jewellery ceremony after the mehndi where the bride was adorned with jewellery made from flowers. It was the cutest kick off to Kunal Nayyar’s wedding.

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Kunal Nayyar's Wedding - Kunal And Neha's Haldi Ceremony

Kunal Nayyar's Wedding - Kunal And Neha's Wedding PIcs, The Mang Pic

Kunal Nayyar's Wedding - Kunal And Neha's Wedding PIcs, The Formal Bride Walk

Kunal Nayyar's Wedding - Kunal And Neha Do The Saath Phere

This was followed by the haldi ceremony and the wedding. For Neha Kapur and Kunal Nayyar’s wedding ceremony, it was decided that the couple would deviate from the traditional red and orange colour theme. They instead wore purple and blue coloured outfits. Also, Neha wore a lehenga instead of the traditional bridal saree, while Kunal looked dapper in a wonderful sherwani with heavy embroidery of gold threads.

Kunal Nayyar's Wedding - Kunal And Neha's Wedding Reception Pics


The couple then had a reception for friends and relatives. For this event, Neha wore a sequin saree while Kunal wore a tuxedo. The couple posed for some sweet and silly photographs together, and let their personalities make a stellar display through those images.

Life Thereafter

Kunal Nayyar's Wedding - Kunal And Neha At The Screen Actors Guild Awards In 2015

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Kunal and Neha moved to Los Angeles after their wedding where they purchased a house and settled down. In an interview, the couple shared the following words about life after marriage.

“We’re still learning. We can’t say we’re the perfect couple and it’s all hunky-dory; we also have our moments of sulking.”
– Neha Kapur

“There’s an adjustment period, getting used to having someone there all the time… We fight and scream and tear each other’s hair out… But I so love being married.”
– Kunal Nayyar

Guess those words sum it all not just for Neha and Kunal Nayyar’s marriage but matrimony in general. Perseverance and dedication seems to be at the core of Kunal and Neha’s marriage, and it is no wonder that their affinity towards each other is quite palpable. We wish this adorable couple all the best with their marriage and all their ventures ahead.

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